The Rev. Charles James "Charlie" Heslam III passed away at home Aug. 15, 2020. His wife and children were at home with him. Charlie was born July 9, 1938, and raised on Pearl Hill in Fitchburg, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents, Prudence and Jim, and three siblings, Susan, Bill and Anna Mae.

Charlie was a UCC minister for 42 years before retiring in 2004. His ministry started at Bangor Theological Seminary and Cherryfield. He and Janet moved to Ohio and then back to Maine, where he and Janet raised their children in the town of Brooks. He finished his ministry in West Concord, N.H.

During his years in Maine, Charlie may have been as well known for his bleacher refereeing during Mount View High School sports as he was for his preaching with the Waldo County Cooperative Ministry.

For his retirement, the family built a two-story, two-and-a-half-bay garage in seven days at their home in Northfield, N.H. His retirement gift from the church was a riding lawnmower, which he loved to drive around (and over) their property and he continued to enjoy the freedom of riding the mower even after he gave up driving the car.

After retirement Charlie enjoyed traveling — especially to visit his children and grandchildren. He took great pride in his family.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet; his son Paul and wife Colleen, daughter Bethany and husband Jim, son Peter and son David, his wife, Katy, and three grandchildren, William, Finley and Ellis; and his sister Lucia Lamanna.

Charlie loved to tell stories. The family would love to hear friends' favorite stories about Charlie. In lieu of flowers, share a memory of Charlie with the family or a friend, buy a child an ice cream cone or share a random act of kindness.

A celebration of life will be held next spring.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services and 603Cremations.com, Laconia, N.H., is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, visit wilkinsonbeane.com.